NAME: Maati McKinney
YEAR OF STUDY: Freshman
MENTOR(S): Dr. Jacqueline Hibbert
DEPARTMENT(S): Morehouse School of Medicine
SOURCE(S) OF TRAINING SUPPORT: RISE Program
HONORS: Thurgood Marshall Dept. of Defense Scholarship
CURRENT RESEARCH ACTIVITIES: sickle cell disease
OTHER RESEARCH EXPERIENCES: N/A
CAREER ASPIRATIONS AND GOALS: Attain PhD in grad school after graduating Spelman in 2021; do research abroad one day.
OTHER RELEVANT INFORMATION: Current research interests include plant genetics and biotechnology
Maati McKinney is a freshman Biology major at Spelman College. She currently conducts research at the Morehouse School of Medicine under Dr. Jacqueline Hibbert. Her research primarily aims to improve the quality of life of those with Sickle Cell Disease by providing treatment alternatives to medications currently on the market. More specifically, she is examining the efficacy of a plant-based product, Quercetin, in reducing the inflammation commonly experienced by people with sickle cell. During her pre-freshman summer, she did research on chlamydia under Dr. Yusuf Omosun, with the aid of Spelman’s RISE/START (Research Initiatives for Student Enhancement/Summer Training about Research Techniques) program. Maati is a Thurgood Marshall Department of Defense Scholar, and she intends on attaining her Ph.D. after graduating in 2021. Maati’s interests include plant genetics and biotechnology, and she dreams of one day being able to do research abroad.